The Future of AI in America: A View from The White House with Dr. Lynne Parker

Conference:  Transform X 2022


Authors:   Dr. Lynne Parker, Michael Kratsios


The use of AI in the federal government can streamline processes, reform regulations, and improve citizen services. However, there is a talent challenge and a need for guidance on AI procurement.
  • AI can be used to process paperwork and summarize important information for agencies to address citizen problems
  • AI can be used for regulatory reform to detect contradictory regulations and flag them for correction
  • 13 federal agencies have made public their use cases of AI
  • There is a talent challenge in federal agencies to implement AI
  • There is a need for guidance on AI procurement to accelerate the use of AI in the federal government
One example of the use of AI in the federal government is the potential for AI to detect contradictory regulations. At the AI government Summit in 2020, an illustration was given on how AI can be used to dig through regulations and find old regulations that are dealing with outdated technology or contradictory regulations. This can help streamline the regulatory process and ensure that regulations are up-to-date and not contradictory.


Dr. Lynne Parker previously served as the Founding Director of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office in the White House and coordinated AI policy across three different presidential administrations. She is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Director of The AI Tennessee Initiative. She is joined in this fireside chat by Michael Kratsios, Formerly The 4th Chief Technology Officer of the United States and currently Managing Director at Scale.Dr. Parker explores concrete actions the federal government needs to take to accelerate the use of AI throughout the federal arena. These include better approaches to policy, investing in research and development, setting up programs for attracting AI talent to the government, and engaging across national and international borders. Dr. Parker also talks about a risk-based methodology for defining better policy for the responsible use of AI, referencing the NIST National AI Initiative Act as a good model for this approach. Finally, she lays out practical use cases where AI can make the government more efficient and effective, including reducing the burden of the vast amount of paperwork, combating malicious actors, and improving our geospatial intelligence and defensive capabilities. She also discusses how the AI Tennessee Initiative aims to position the state of Tennessee as a national and global leader in the data-intensive knowledge economy. Dr. Parker addresses regional policy initiatives to ensure that AI benefits all Americans in areas such as jobs, healthcare, and education.


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